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5 Germiest Hot Spots in Your Home

5 Germiest Hot Spots in Your Home

Find out where they are.

To help parents uncover the germiest hot spots in their homes, The Clorox Company and NSF International studied1 five common surfaces in homes of families with young children.

Germ Hot Spots to Be Extra Cautious of:

  • Bathroom sink
  • Kitchen countertop
  • Bathroom faucet handle
  • Common area doorknob
  • Kitchen drawer knob

Parents Often Miscalculate the Germiest Hot Spots

The surfaces parents perceived to be the least germy actually had the most germs of the five that were tested.

Belief Reality
1. Kitchen drawer knob Most Germy 1. Bathroom sink
2. Common area doorknob 2. Kitchen countertop
3. Bathroom faucet handle 3. Bathroom faucet handle
4. Bathroom sink 4. Common area doorknob
5. Kitchen countertop Least Germy 5. Kitchen drawer knob

Stop the Spread of Germs

To make sure the germs your family brings home this cold and flu season don’t stick around, pediatrician and Assistant Clinical Professor at Mattel Children’s Hospital, Dr. Tanya Altmann, recommends the following tried-and-true tips.

Parents can help prevent the spread of germs by taking the same prevention steps the CDC recommends every cold and flu season:

  1. Showing kids how to wash their hands properly
  2. Teaching them to cough into elbows
  3. Disinfecting frequently touched surfaces with a disinfectant approved to kill cold and flu viruses, like Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes2

Cold and Flu Prevention Tips

Along with disinfecting germ hotspots, keep your families healthy and safe by following these prevention tips:

  • Get your flu vaccine
  • Stay home when sick to stop the spread of germs
  • Practice good hand hygiene
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow to prevent the spread of germs
  • Click on infographic to find out more information about the 5 hotspots:

    1. Study conducted by NSF International from August to September 2014 in 20 households in the Detroit metropolitan area with at least one child under the age of six.
    2. Clorox® Disinfecting products kill 99.9 percent of germs that can live on surfaces for up to 48 hours, including Staph, E. coli, Salmonella and Strep.